Does, or did your tango community have a local coordinating organization? How well is that working? Does it grow the community by helping with scheduling, promoting and requiring standards for instructors? Or, on the other hand, is it a hindrance by stifling creativity, dominating the scene and causing dissonance? What’s your opinion. If you don’t have a coordinating organization now do you think it would help to organize one? Or if you already have one do you wish it would go away? Let’s have your comments below. (To include your profile picture in the “Leave a Reply” section, click on gravitar.)
This month we will be celebrating our 2nd year anniversary of the SoCo Tango Practica in Santa Rosa. Two years ago we had no local dances and a very small amount of tango dancers, most of whom either traveled 1-2 hours to the bay area for tango, or just took classes.
The goal of our practica was to give tango dancers a place to dance, to grow community, and to bring in new dancers by making a dance that was beginner friendly and yet appealing to more experienced dancers. We offer lessons taught by volunteer teachers in order to grow the community and the level of skill.
We are a volunteer run, non-profit and we have grown from
20 people at a meeting at my house trying to figure out a way to
make a dance happen, to a highly successful twice a month
practica with an average of 35-45 dancers, some coming from
neighboring counties, 72 members, and 216 people on our mailing list.
Our area has gone from none to at least 5 dances per month in these past two years, two of which are SoCo Tango sponsored dances. The others are private enterprises some of which coordinate with us as a team to insure the success of all.